Chill Out: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

Just Relax: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of forgetting to take the time to chill out every now and then… I'm constantly trying to chip away at my to-do list, which doesn't leave much time for self-care. But lately I've been taking a few minutes every day to heat up and put on my new aromatherapy eye pillow, and it's been working wonders for my stress levels. Other eye pillow benefits?  Continue Reading

How to: Save Big Bucks in the Bathroom

created at: 04/08/2010


The only thing you need to remember to save money in the bathroom is this: Don’t use so much. According to the Green Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager, we over-use all over the place. In the shower, at the sink, everywhere. Here’s some things to keep in mind when tending to our daily hygiene duties:     

Shampoo: The amount you need to use depends upon the length of your hair, not what the directions on the back of the bottle says.  Continue Reading

18 Ways a New (or Old) Homeowner Can Save Money

created at: 2009-08-11


Wether you’re new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they’re so good, I’m going to quote them directly. 

  1. Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed.
  2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
  3. Toss a water heater blanket over that hot water heater as well.
Continue Reading

Frugal Easter Basket–Weave Your Own

Diane’s recycled-from-boxes Easter baskets couldn’t be a more perfect home for our Frugal Easter Eggs. Seriously, how ingenious is this? Packaging boxes woven into the cute, free and recyclable baskets?? Fabulous.

To make some of your own, you’ll need:

  • cardboard food packaging boxes
  • a metal ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • an X-Acto knife
  • cutting surface
  • bone folder
  • tacky glue
  • paper clips

To see the entire process, head on over to Diane’s tutorial on Craftstylish.

Photo by Diane Gilleland. Continue Reading

Frugal Easter Eggs–Skip the Kit

Skip the kit and make your own colorful Easter eggs with this super simple recipe from

All you need:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 10 to 20 drops of food coloring

All you do:

Combine the ingredients in a cup, and dip the eggs into the dye until they color to the desired hue. Let them dry completely.

To tart them up:

Go to Small Homestead for more clever and simple ideas on how to spice up your Easter eggs. Continue Reading

Inexpensive Updates that Add Value

created on: 01/28/09

BHG jumps on the budget train with these low-cost updates that could actually increase the value of your home. One suggestion–demonstrated above–is to add multi-functional elements, like exposed shelving that serves as storage as well as display.

They also suggest that opting for mid-range cabinetry in the kitchen is the way to go, saving your budget for better-quality appliances, which will steal the show.

created on: 01/28/09

If new light fixtures are in the forecast, consider only buying more expensive ones for those readily seen ‘public’ areas and opting for less-expensive off-the-shelf ones for little seen spaces like hallways and such. Continue Reading

15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like one of these things.
  6. Shims for tight spaces.
Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: 5 Gifts for a Buy-Nothing Christmas

Still haven’t gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don’t. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don’t buy anything doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example…

  1. For Mom: Make housework coupons. (Here’s a free printable that could work.)
  2. For Dad: Paint a picture of something meaningful.
  3. For Your Girlfriend: Make homemade, wild-flower potpourri. (Or spa stuff.)
  4. For Nephews and Nieces: Make a scrapbook page.
Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: 12 Ways to go Eco-Festive this Christmas and Save Bucks!

created on: 12/05/08

You might want to think of these eco-friendly decorating tips, as gifts to Mother Earth. With them we can all be as green as Christmas trees this holiday season and, in the long run, save some cash while we’re at it.

  1. Celebrate with a small, potted living Christmas tree that you can plant after the holidays and enjoy for years to come.
  2. Instead of buying new ones, reuse or remake your old Christmas decorations.
  3. Swap your old decorations with friends, family or neighbors.
Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: Free Alternative Christmas Trees

created on: 11/25/08
Christmas trees are the conifers of cut flowers: Beautiful but with short life spans. And, of course, they can be expensive. Just because you don’t have the bucks to spend on a tree this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the tradition of a Christmas tree.  Let’s think about this for a minute. What says ‘Christmas tree’ to us? First and foremost, the scent. Next might be their green-ness and conical shape. Of course they support ornaments–which give the holiday its bling. Continue Reading